The Gwinnett Braves (56-76) were held scoreless for the second consecutive night in Tuesday’s 5-0 loss to the Mud Hens (56-76), played at Fifth Third Field in Toledo, and have not scored a run in the last 20 innings.
Tuesday’s loss went to lefty Sean Gilmartin (L, 3-8, 5.63), who was making his second start since rejoining Gwinnett, fifth since being activated from the DL. The Florida State product surrendered four earned runs on seven hits in only 4.0 innings pitched. Gilmartin did strikeout six without any free passes, but after a scoreless outing against Durham on Thursday (5.0 IP, 4 H) in his first appearance with Gwinnett since June 16, Tuesday has to be considered a step back.
Monday’s game saw the Gwinnett offense held to a lone single in the first of the two shutout losses, this one by a 6-0 count. Kameron Loe (L, 4-4, 3.52) made his eighth start of the season for the G-Braves and got smacked around by Toledo, giving up 12 hits, including one long ball, and five earned runs in another 4.0 inning start by a G-Braves starting hurler. The story of Monday's contest was the outstanding effort southpaw Blaine Hardy (W, 5-1, 2.12) delivered for Toledo. Hardy went the distance, allowing only a single in the third inning off the bat of Sean Kazmar. He then retired 20 consecutive hitters to finish the complete game, one-hit win.
Game 1 of the set saw Gwinnett double up the Mud Hens on Saturday night, 4-2, when Marietta native David Hale started his 17th game of the season. Hale earned a Quality Start by working 6.0 innings and not allowing an earned run while scattering four hits. The 25-year old walked two while striking out six. Hale did not factor in the decision due to a pair of unearned runs the Mud Hens plated, but it was his fifth straight QS and eighth in his last ten starts.
Game 2, played on Sunday, saw the G-Braves score seven on their way to 7-3 victory. Omar Poveda (W, 6-7, 3.49) allowed three earned runs on six hits in 5.1 innings of work. He walked four while striking out six.
At the Dish
Ernesto Mejia tallied five hits in the series, including three doubles, to lead Gwinnett. He came through with a two-out RBI, and has now knocked in 80 for the season. The first baseman is fifth in the International League in doubles (31), second in homeruns (28), RBI, and total bases, and third in slugging percentage (.531). Todd Cunningham had four hits and led the G-Braves in RBI in the four-game set with five. The Gwinnett center fielder had a double, his 13th this season, which drove in two runs with two out. Brandon Boggs struggled against Toledo, going 2-for-15 and striking out eight times. He went down on strikes three times in a game twice in the series.
Out of the Pen
The Gwinnett pen earned a win, a save, and two holds against Toledo. Mark Lamm earned the win, his third against two losses, after coming on in relief of Hale in the opening game of the series. He made two appearances, pitched 3.0 innings of scoreless ball while giving up two hits, striking out three and walking four. Lamm lowered his ERA to 2.70. Wirfin Obispo recorded his seventh HOLD this season, while Andrew Russell got his second. Ryan Buchter now has five SAVES after striking out two-of-three Toledo batters he faced in the 4-2 Game 1 win.
Gwinnett opens a four-game series with the Columbus Clippers on Thursday, then return to Coolray Field on Monday, August 28 to begin their final homestand of the season. The Norfolk Tides visit for a two-game set with the Durham Bulls following for a three-game series to close out the G-Braves home schedule.
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